Main Street Region

THE MAIN STREET REGION HIGHLIGHTS PROPOSED IMPROVEMENTS WITHIN RUTHERFORDTON, SPINDALE, AND FOREST CITY. PRIORITIES INCLUDE ENHANCED SIDEWALKS, STREETSCAPES, PERFORMANCE VENUES, PARKS AND OPEN SPACES.

Rutherfordton

Kiwanis Park and Court Street

Kiwanis Park is a vital open space within downtown Rutherfordton that is located along the Purple Martin Greenway and Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail. Enhancements along Court Street will encourage visitors to further explore downtown.

KIWANIS PARK MASTER PLAN

The Kiwanis Park plan is a three-phase project that envisions an exceptional downtown passive park.

  • Phase 1 features two open greens, an entrance plaza and pavilion, natural playground, trail, a large shelter, council ring, and restroom facilities.  
  • Phase 2 features a dog park, information kiosk, and parking area.
  • Phase 3 includes new entry signage, a small shelter, and improved landscaping along the existing sidewalk

COURT STREET ENHANCEMENTS

Court Street will serve as a vital connection from the Purple Martin Greenway to downtown Rutherfordton’s restaurants and shops. The street will be redeveloped to accommodate a bicycle path and sidewalk while maintaining two-way vehicular lanes.

“Kiwanis Park will ultimately become the gateway to Rutherfordton
for users connecting from the Thermal Belt Rail Trail.”

FUNDING
$1,500,000
BUDGET
$275,000
COMMITTED

Spindale

Streetscape & Rail Trail Enhancements

Priorities include a phase 1 streetscape enhancement from Tanner Street to Nebraska Street and improved recreation amenities along the Rail Trail.

PHASE 1A: TANNER TO NEBRASKA STREETSCAPE

Phase 1A breathes new life into the West Main streetscape between Tanner and Nebraska streets. New sidewalks, street trees, and lighting will create a more inviting pedestrian landscape.

PHASE 1B: THERMAL BELT RAIL TRAIL & SPINDALE HOUSE

LAWN ENHANCEMENTS
Phase 1B features improvements to the Thermal Belt Rail Trail as well as an open green and stage on the Spindale House lawn. Rail trail improvements include a shelter and ADA accessible ramp, alongside other enhancements that will improve the user experience.

“Spindale’s Main Street is located directly adjacent to the new 14-mile Thermal
Belt Rail Trail. ”

FUNDING
$900,000
BUDGET
$275,000
COMMITTED

Forest City

Forest City has successfully funded the construction of the Pavilion on Park Square. The town is now in need of sound and film equipment to host major events.

Downtown and Rail Trail Enhancements

Project Description
Forest City continues to make significant progress enhancing its downtown and creating destination-quality amenities. The new Pavilion on Park Square amphitheater and Thermal Belt Rail Trail will attract thousands of visitors each year. The City’s next step is to connect these resources with additional downtown streetscape and pedestrian infrastructure enhancements.

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Financial support within Forest City will provide for investments in new recreation amenities along the Thermal Belt Rail Trail and additional downtown streetscape enhancements.

“Forest City’s Pavilion on Park Square will provide for a new amphitheater that will attract visitors from throughout the region. ”

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